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Detained PEN Officer Zhao Shiying Released

PEN American Center has learned that Zhao Shiying, Secretary-General of the Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC), has been allowed to return home after nearly two weeks in police custody.… More

PEN Celebrates Victory in Tariq Ramadan Case

PEN American Center welcomed the news today that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has signed orders effectively ending the exclusion of Swiss Scholar Tariq Ramadan from the United… More

Tamil Journalist J. S. Tissainayagam Released on Bail

PEN American Center welcomes the release on bail of Tamil journalist Jayaprakash Sittampalam (J. S.) Tissainayagam from Welikada Prison in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on January 11, 2010. Tissainayagam, who… More

World Awaits Verdict in Liu Xiaobo Trial

Writer Liu Xiaobo pleaded not guilty to subversion charges in a trial that lasted less than three hours this morning in Beijing. The trial was closed to the public… More

Liu Xiaobo Formally Indicted

PEN American Center denounced the formal indictment today in Beijing of renowned literary critic and PEN member Liu Xiaobo, calling the move “extremely troubling” and urging supporters and governments… More

PEN Renews Calls for Liu Xiaobo’s Release

Writers in the United States and China today renewed their appeals for the immediate and unconditional release of Liu Xiaobo, who was arrested one year ago and is facing… More